Liverpool John Moores University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.12 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.79 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.26 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    63.0 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    73.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    84.4 / 100.0


  • Originating from a small mechanics institution (Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts) founded in 1823, the institution grew by converging and amalgamating with different colleges and eventually became the Liverpool Polytechnic.
  • In 1992, the polytechnic became Liverpool John Moores University, one of the UK's new generation universities.
  • Now ranked in the top 600 higher education institutions worldwide (THE World University Ranking 2015).
  • Extensive staff recruitment programme over the last 3 years across all faculties aimed at attracting world-class academics to Liverpool – to date 127 new academic staff appointed, all of whom are expected to impact positively on the student experience while also conducting impactful research and consultancy.

Location and Transport

  • LJMU is a thriving, vibrant university located at the heart of Liverpool, a former European Capital of Culture which is ranked as the third best city in the world to visit by Rough Guides in 2014 and designated UNESCO city of music in 2015.
  • The university has three main campuses: both the City and Mount Pleasant Campuses are based in the city centre; the IM Marsh Campus is located approximately 6.4km (4 miles) south of the city centre.
  • Liverpool is well served by public transport (ferry, taxi, rail, bus, coach and underground rail) plus its new city-wide bike hire scheme.

Entry Requirements

  • The university has an excellent and longstanding record of reaching out to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and ensuring that the benefits of a university education are accessible to everyone with demonstrable academic ability irrespective of their social or economic background.
  • The university is committed to delivering an academically engaging and supportive student experience that produces graduates that are prepared for the world of work and that are valued as successful contributors to society.
  • The university considers a wide range of qualifications and combinations of qualifications for entry to undergraduate programmes. These include AS / A levels, Access awards (diploma and extended diploma), International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma, Irish Leaving Certificate, BTEC Nationals and OCR Nationals, Open University courses, Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers, the Advanced Diploma and Cambridge Pre-U.
  • AS levels: to ensure that we are fair and consistent when considering all applications we take a holistic view looking at all aspects of the application including GCSE (or equivalent) grades, references and your personal statement as well as information gained at interviews or auditions. We are aware that not every A level student will have the opportunity to study AS levels and this will be taken into consideration when assessing your application; a fourth subject at AS level is not essential.
  • Applicants must have a minimum level of literacy (normally Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GSCE English or its equivalent) and numeracy (which varies from course to course). Candidates are also expected to achieve a minimum entry requirement for admission to an undergraduate degree programme of a pass in two GCE A level subjects (in some cases specific subjects) or in an equivalent level 4 qualification. Some programmes do not accept General Studies A level and, where this is the case, this is indicated in the course entry requirements, detailed using the UCAS Tariff.
  • View Liverpool John Moores University Admissions Policy on our website.

Student Mix

The 20,635 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 86%
  • Postgraduate 14%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%


  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Course Flexibility

  • The majority of programmes offer a sandwich year on industrial placement.
  • Increased range of degree with foundation years available as a stepping stone on to a variety of degree programmes.
  • The university operates an ERASMUS placement scheme.

Teaching Standards

  • All LJMU degrees are of the highest academic standard and are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry. This combination of academic expertise and real world experience helps keep LJMU’s degrees up-to-date and secure accreditation by key professional bodies.
  • Work-related learning is included in every degree programme, so students have the chance to engage in real world projects or go on placements and apply their skills in professional settings.
  • Students are also encouraged to take their work-related skills up to the next level, gaining higher World of Work skills identified, not by LJMU but by leading national and international employers and business experts.
  • No other university, either in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these World of Work skills or gives them the opportunity to have their abilities verified through an employer-validated Skills Statement and interview.
  • All degrees are QAA UK Quality Assured.
  • The university has been awarded 6 Higher Education Academy Awards for outstanding teaching.
  • 2015 NSS results show that LJMU is above the sector average in 5 key areas relating to: Learning Resources, Academic Support, Assessment and Feedback, Personal Development and Organisation and Management.

Research Standards

In the REF 2014, LJMU was ranked 62nd in the UK for the quality of its research. LJMU research impact is rated as internationally excellent in the following subject areas:

  • 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is considered world- leading, or internationally excellent. The School is now ranked world-leading and second in the UK for its research.
  • 94% of research from LJMU’s School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
  • LJMU's education-related research is ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 85% of LJMU research relating to Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory is recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent.
  • LJMU’s School of Law is ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities for its research, with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent
  • 81% of LJMU’s research relating to Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at LJMU is recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent.
  • 68% of LJMU’s health-related research is considered world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 83% of research from LJMU’s School of the Built Environment is considered of international importance or recognised internationally.
  • 95% of research from LJMU’s School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations is world leading or considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

LJMU’s research impact is rated as internationally excellent in all subject areas.

  • LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked world-leading and second in the UK for its research into a number of areas: from tackling unhealthy lifestyles and obesity in children by adapting play areas and schools, working with Premiership football clubs, locally and across the country for performance analysis and injury prevention strategies, through to cardiac screening and cardiovascular health of athletes
  • LJMU is ranked in the top 25 English universities for PhD completion rates, and research students form the bedrock of the University's vibrant research community.
  • The university has a dedicated Graduate School providing advice on progressing onto a PhD, and providing support for research students.

Academic Strengths

  • Key areas include: public health (LJMU is designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention), teacher education, subjects allied to medicine, engineering, computing science, astrophysics, and sport and exercise sciences.
  • LJMU stands apart from other universities in the UK because of its extensive links with employers operating in all sectors of the economy.
  • LJMU's facilities are designed to replicate 'world of work' environments so that students can gain the key skills and experience relevant to their chosen career. These include clinical practice suites for midwifery, nursing and paramedic students, science, technology and engineering laboratories, TV studios, a forensic scene-of-crime lab, theatre and rehearsal facilities, a mock or moot courtroom and an art gallery.
  • Regional and local employers, representing all sectors and all types of organisations from large companies to SMEs, are working closely with LJMU’s World of Work Careers Centre to provide outstanding work placements, internships and work-related learning opportunities to students.
  • LJMU’s World of Work Careers Centre is dedicated to helping students get the skills, confidence and experience they’ll need to succeed in an increasingly competitive gradate job market. Current activities include:
  • Career workshops and training sessions give students the skills they need to find and secure a graduate job. Sessions run throughout the year and include such topics as: CV writing, presentation skills, practise interview sessions and psychometric testing. Skills Support Officers – LJMU’s Skills Support officers (SSOs) are central to the delivery of World of Work programme in Faculties, providing support for academic staff and ensuring that students maximise their graduate skills development and employability while at LJMU.
  • One-to-one career information, advice and guidance interviews – LJMU’s World of Work Careers Centre providesa confidential one-to-one service, on all things career-related including how to complete applications forms, write winning CV and decide upon career choice.
  • The Centre for Entrepreneurship is the focal point for business start activity at LJMU, supporting around 1,200 students per year within the curriculum and providing expert business start-up advice to students and graduates. Up to 60 places are available on the Enterprise Fellowship Programme, which is an intensive start-up programme linked to a funding scheme where businesses can pitch for £1,500 upon trading.
  • New Centre for Advanced Policing Studies established in 2015 and LJMU is working closely with police forces (including Merseyside Police and the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside) dealing with issues such as human trafficking, child exploitation, hate crimes and cybercrime. An extensive portfolio of related new undergraduate and postgraduate degrees will be available from September 2016.
  • In addition to honours degrees (plus degrees with foundation years), the university offers a wide range of integrated masters qualifications, such as an MEng (Master of Engineering), MPharm (Master of Pharmacy) or MComp (Master of Computing), which combine undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course
  • LJMU International Study Centre provides international and EU students with a direct route onto a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University. Successfully completing the International Foundation Year or International Year One programmes guarantee students will receive an unconditional offer of a degree place at LJMU (please note: students may also have to pass an interview for some professional programmes, such as MPharm Pharmacy)
  • LJMU is ranked 10th in the UK for active graduate start-ups and 12th for the turnover of these firms. The Centre for Entrepreneurship is the focal point for business start activity at LJMU, supporting around 2,000 students per year within the curriculum and providing expert business start-up advice to students and graduates. A new £500,000 Start-Up Fund was established in 2015 offering a range of opportunities for students/graduates from small grants to test market demand through to larger awards to support new ventures
  • LJMU is one of only 4 universities to secure Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) funding to increase participation in chemistry as part of a £1m outreach project
  • LJMU’s pro bono Legal Advice Centre is helping to mitigate the impact of cuts to Legal Aid by offering free legal advice to people who would otherwise not be able to afford legal representation. The Centre is run by student volunteers with support from Liverpool-based law firms.
  • LJMU is working in collaboration with the University of Liverpool to develop Sensor City, an incubator for high tech business around sensor technologies.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are set to be one of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century – LJMU has established a Drones Research Laboratory and launched new postgraduate courses to harness its interdisciplinary expertise in this area. Research and commercial projects are also ongoing in fields ranging from animal conservation to mapping with Google.
  • LJMU’s expertise in maritime education and research have resulted in new initiatives as part of the EU Atlantic Strategy plus new business incubation and skills development programmes.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Studying at LJMU opens more doors than you might think thanks to LJMU’s extensive links with leading arts, cultural and other organisations across Liverpool and beyond, such as Liverpool Philharmonic, Tate Liverpool, Everyman and Playhouse, Royal Court and Homotopia to name just a few.
  • LJMU's dedicated World of Work Careers Centre operates as the hub for all of the university's student employability initiatives, including year round, free career and training sessions and workshops.
  • LJMU has three modern Libraries with the two largest being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during semester. They combine the best aspects of traditional libraries with everything you’d expect from a modern university: books, journals, online resources, computers, laptops and wi-fi access throughout if you want to bring your own device. The Libraries offer a variety of different environments to suit students’ study needs, ranging from individual and silent through to noisier and group spaces.
  • LJMU's virtual learning environment, Blackboard, gives students links to materials such as assignments, lecture notes, useful Internet sites and other multimedia resources.
  • Over 2,000 workstations are available in the Libraries and Student IT Zones.
  • 100% of student rooms in LJMU-approved student accommodation are wired for internet access.
  • Three Starbucks cafes are open in the City and Mount Pleasant campuses.
Student support services
  • The university provides a wide range of services operated by professional staff to help students achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Staff skilled in student finance, accommodation, mental well-being, counselling, disability, international, study support and other student-specific areas are available to all students throughout their time at the University.
  • Dedicated Mathematics Resource and Support Centre (MRSC) to help students who need to refresh their mathematical or statistical skills, knowledge or understanding or need additional help with the mathematical or statistical element of their studies
  • Multi-faith/quiet spaces on every campus, including dedicated Muslim prayer room, and University chaplains available for all.
  • Through John Lennon Imagine Awards (JLIA) LJMU offers a bespoke package of support to students who have experienced being in care or who are estranged from their parents. This includes: annual bursary (minimum cash bursary of £1,000 per year of their course, in addition to funding awarded by social services); help with accommodation so students have access to high quality and affordable accommodation 365 days a year without the need for a guarantor; expert and confidential advice via LJMU’s dedicated Care Leavers Co-ordinator.
  • The university has established partnerships with leading arts and cultural organisations across Liverpool – including Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Lifestyles Fitness Centres, Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Sound City, Homotopia, Everyman & Playhouse and the Royal Court Theatre. A dedicated Student Opportunities team works to promote exclusive opportunities, discounts and events at these and other organisations to all students at the university.

Disability Services

  • LJMU's Assessment Room for students with disabilities and additional support needs is discrete, fully accessible and provides a comfortable, welcoming space where students can test out a range of different furniture, equipment and technologies based on their own specific needs.
  • Assessments are carried out in support of the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) scheme. The facility reflects the availability of increasingly professional disability support services within LJMU.
  • The university offers an inclusive and accessible environment for all students, and supports the provision of services to individual students as needed
  • Provision for disabled students is embedded across the university in all support services and in teaching and academic support.

Students' Union

  • LiverpoolSU works to represents all LJMU students.
  • Run by elected student officers, we pride ourselves on being an entirely student-led organisation working solely to improve your experience whilst at university.
  • Located in all campuses via Mini Student Union sites.

The union helps students:

  • Get the Most from their Course with the Course Rep system, Academic Advice service and a wide range of Academic Societies.
  • Get the Most out of the City via a range of events, activities and networks, including Let’s Try events (including trips to Alton Towers and Pull a Pint training), the Mature Student Network, World Travel Society and over 115 clubs and societies.
  • Settle in to university life with Hall Reps in each of the 12 main LJMU halls plus Community Reps to support students living in other areas in the city.
  • Get Skills, Get Paid, Get Ahead via a variety of roles at the Students Union plus a range of volunteering opportunities.
  • Represent and Make a Change by becoming a Student Officer, becoming an NUS Delegate, or submit ideas to the Do Something About It service.
  • Save You Money as all new students eligible for a free NUS Extra card.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Excellent availability of part-time work in Liverpool – students can have their CVs and application forms checked by our team of advisers prior to submitting.
  • Opportunities as Student Advocates representing LJMU both internally and externally.
  • Liverpool Students Union offers a large number of opportunities for part-time work.
  • Over 5,000 organisations have signed up to LJMU's MyJobs&Placements website, a one-stop-shop for students looking for part-time work, graduate jobs, work placements and much more.
  • Opportunities to engage with multiple LJMU cultural partners in both paid and voluntary internships/placements.
  • LJMU’s collaboration with the annual Aintree Festival presents many opportunities for students from many academic disciplines to engage in a variety of ways.

Careers Guidance

The World of Work Careers Centre provides tailored careers support to all LJMU students:

  • Careers Zones offer campus-based career support including careers advice, CV and applications form reviews or interview practice via one-to-one appointments with Careers and Employability Advisers.
  • World of Work Programme aims to ensure that every student is equipped with the skills and attributes they need to stand out from the crowd and successfully engage in the world of work, either because they possess skills which are highly valued by employers or because they are well equipped to set themselves up in their own business.
  • Dedicated MyJobs&Placements vacancy website for graduate jobs, internships, placements, part time jobs and voluntary roles
  • Extensive programme of careers and employability workshops and webinars delivered by LJMU’s team of expert trainers, and programme-specific employer events
  • Goinglobal database allows students to search for jobs and internships around the world. The database contains country career guides, information on visas and local culture, employer directories and much more.
  • Extensive careers resources including academic school-specific Career Planning Guides, programme-specific Career Insights and generic Career Mini Guides, which cover topics including CVs, applications, interviews and assessment centres.
  • Other tools include online CV Builder, Careers Smart self-assessment questionnaire, which helps students understand and explore their current level of career readiness and future career aspirations.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

Over the last 10 years, LJMU has invested over £160m in developing new buildings and refurbishing existing facilities:

  • Tom Reilly Building
  • Redmonds Building
  • John Lennon Art and Design Building
  • £1.6m clinical practice suites

Work has started on LJMU’s new £100million+ flagship building, which will help bring together the university’s Mount Pleasant and Byrom Street campuses. It will lead to the formation of LJMU’s Connected University Campus Village, with the new building becoming its central focal point and epicentre. It is expected it will be open for use at the start of the academic year 2018. This new building will house:

  • A new unified library facility for all students plus student zones to accommodate different methods of working, including quiet spaces and areas for creative and collaborative working.
  • A new, flexible, central teaching unit, which will include a variety of lecture theatres, as well as general teaching spaces, seminar rooms and IT suites.
  • State-of-the-art sports facilities, including an eight-court sports hall, a gym and multi-use studios for dance and all other sports and fitness activities.
  • Liverpool Students' Union, providing a central location for the sabbatical offices and administrative functions, as well as enabling LiverpoolSU to easily access the vast range of facilities for its clubs and societies.
  • Other facilities and services, such as a café and retail space, the University’s World of Work Careers Centre, Student Advice and Wellbeing, Student Administration, and LJMU’s Teaching & Learning Academy.

Notable Alumni

  • Olympian and three times world champion gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE is a BSc (Hons) Sports Science graduate and former LJMU Sports Scholar.
  • Claire Foy, Drama and Screen Studies – garnering wide acclaim for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn in the BBC's Wolf Hall in 2014, Claire Foy has appeared in a number of dramas, including as the title role in the BBC's Little Dorrit and Channel 4's The Promise. In 2013 she returned to the stage as Lady Macbeth opposite James McAvoy at the Trafalgar Studios.
  • Mohamed Nasheed, BA Maritime Studies – former President of the Maldives and leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party, which he founded, Nasheed’s political journey began at LJMU in 1984. After graduating in 1989 he returned to the Maldives, becoming a vocal critic of the political regime led by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.Though jailed on thirteen occasions as a ‘prisoner of conscience’ for his condemnation of the government, the democratisation of the political system resulted in him being sworn in as President on November 11, 2008, and he has since attracted worldwide attention for his campaign for action on climate change.
  • Phil Gayle, BSc Sports Science – a newsreader and freelance journalist, Gayle began his career as a DJ on various local radio stations and in the late 90s began work as a TV newsreader, working for both ITV and Channel 4. He also presented the news on Channel 4's morning show The Big Breakfast. Gayle currently works on the BBC Radio Oxford breakfast show and on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 5 Live.
  • Philip Selway, BA (Hons) English and History – Selway is best known as the acclaimed drummer for alternative rock band Radiohead, regarded as one of the most progressive and inventive rock groups currently active; in addition to working with other bands has also worked with the charity Samaritans since 1991.
  • Caroline Aherne, BA Drama – Caroline is an English comedian, writer and actress best known for her award winning creations Mrs Merton and the BAFTA-winning The Royle Family. She has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.
  • Tony Strudwick, Doctor of Philosophy, Physiology – a graduate of LJMU (1997-2005) and Loughborough University (1992-98), Tony Strudwick has worked with Coventry City, West Ham and Blackburn Rovers football clubs, as well as being Exercise Scientist with the English Football Association. He has been Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Manchester United since 2007.

Further Details

Address Liverpool John Moores University
Student Recruitment & Widening Access
Kingsway House
Hatton Garden
L3 2AJ
UCAS Code L51